October 25, 2012

A Time To Stitich 2 Challenge

Two lovely ladies are holding another Time to Stitch challenge and I put my name in along with many other talented weavers. I can't say enough good things about Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller  - they are both terrific bead weavers but not only good at stitching little tiny seed beads together, they welcome and bond people together.  I have found both of them to be good friends..... the kind that are wonderful, open and real people you can depend on to be there when you need them.  
 I had so much fun with the first challenge that I had to join this one and although RAW or Right Angle Weave was frustrating I did figure out a little bit and did just enough that I think I will pass the test in this challenge.  
 I was working on a Tutorial purchased from Marcie Abney  when I realized it had RAW in the center so I proceeded to make two bracelets.  I love those little magatma fringe beads!  They really add something special to the amethyst bracelet.

I started this montana blue crystal one and had set it aside - you know how that goes I'm sure....?  I  finished the amethyst one and was excited to go back and finish this with teal colored picot fringe.  I must say I'm quite happy with the way they turned out and I have two more tutorials from Marcie to try next.  Can't wait!

 Back in September I took a Beginner Bead Embroidery class online with Marcie Abney and this gorgeous Peruvian Blue Opal was my first project and I was not happy with the way I could see the felt behind the beads so it got tossed by the wayside.  Then...I found another tutorial by Cyndi Lavin and purchased it last week.  It shows how to combine Peyote and RAW bezels around stones.

I removed the outside beads and left a row of backstitch and then stitched peyote up over the sides of the stone.  When I tried to incorporate RAW - I just couldn't figure out how so I gave up and continued with peyote until it pulled tight around the top and cradled the stone nicely.  That is exactly what I had in mind.  I added a few rows of peyote at the top then two strands of St. Petersburg stitch.  What an easy stitch that is but I wanted to use the Larimar beads I had used in the bead embroidery so ended up finishing the necklace with those so that it fits over the head.  Now I am happy with it!


The only thing I have left to do is finish off the backing as I'm sure you can see it peeking out on the side.  So that's what I did for my challenge.  Thank you Christine and Therese - it is always fun to stitch with you.  Your rules are so stress free and relaxed.  I can't wait to do this again.  

Please be kind and leave comments.... I love when that happens!

Now head over and visit all the other talent.  If this list doesn't link properly please go to  Christine or Therese's blog and get the links.  Thank you for visiting.


Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller

Nikki Byers

Kristen Stevens

Shirley Moore

Katherine Gale - you are here now!







20 comments:

Amy said...

Very pretty! I love what you did with that bracelet tutorial - the colors are fantastic! Looks like that St. Pete strap is perfect for your embroidered cab!

Shirley Moore said...

I'm so impressed with your bead embroidery. I'm glad you worked out a solution, because that is such a beautiful necklace. Great job!!

kimmykats said...

Katherine, your work is lovely! I have looked at the magatma beads and not gone there yet....you inspire me! Way to go on the bezel work...I am just starting to work on a button...cabachons will have to come later! You know I always enjoy seeing what you have been creating. Hope you are finding peace.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Katherine,
Thank you for join in on mine and Christine's challenge. I love the RAW bracelets they are so pretty, great job! Beautiful work on the bezeled cab. The St. Petersburg stitch was a great choice for this piece. I also like that you made it long enough to go over the head by adding the gorgeous Larimar beads.
I hope you will join in on the next ATTS challenge.
Therese

Christine Altmiller said...

Katherine, your bracelets are beautiful! I love the color choices and the entire look of them. I love drops and fringe an picot so these are right up my alley :-)
The embroidery~WOW! The end result is simply gorgeous! It might have taken a while to get there but it was worth it. The combo of embroidery, St. Petersburg, and the Larimar beads has a nice flow.
Thank you, my friend, for signing on for this hop and for always being generous with your heart and your words. We have a Sweet Little Village here :-)

Marla said...

Wow! Lovely pieces! I got into beadweaving by seeing one of Marcie's pieces on etsy. Started buying and making her wonderful tutorials and the rest is history! I really likes how you had several different stitches on your necklace and the bezel around that cab is perfect. Don't change a thing!

AntiquityTravelers said...

So gorgeous! that necklace is stunning and I love the colors in the bead chain!

Sally Russick said...

Very pretty, Katherine! The picot fringe and colors you used for the bracelets are beautiful and the necklace is stunning!

Tanya said...

Those are awesome. I love the bracelets. Marcie has some amazing tutorials and you did a great job with them. Your necklace is a show stopper. I love the bit of St. Petersberg stitch in the strap and your bezel is gorgeous.

BackstoryBeads said...

Love that flash of teal in your montana blue bracelet. Great color choices in all your pieces. St. Petersburg chain was the perfect finish to that cab!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Love the colors - they go so perfectly with your cab. Really lovely. Wonderful blog hop!

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

Beautiful designs, I love your beaded cab.
Sonya

Maryanne said...

I love your bracelets. The magatams are a great finishing touch. The bead embroidery and the St. Petersburg necklace are perfect together! I love the colors.

LisaS said...

Katherine, Lovely work! The Peruvian Opal necklace is simply stunning :0 and my favotite.

Mandy said...

All of your work is gorgeous! It must have taken forever to do all those samples! You have a great eye for color!

Alicia said...

All your pieces are beautiful: I love the pastels and the happy feelings they induce, and your beadweaving is gorgeous. Adding the larimar beads makes the necklace just perfect.

Saturday Sequins said...

I totally agree with you about our hosts for the blog hop... aren't they amazing?

Wonderful job! I love the bead embroidery with the bead weaving. I have Cyndi's tutorial but haven't tried the RAW bezel yet... but I can't wait!

Lola said...

Beautiful work! I love your RAW bracelets and how you reworked the bead embroidery piece. I need to learn how to bezel cabs ... I love the way yours looks!

windrock studio said...

~ Right Angle Weave ~ that's what this RAW is! I'm not a beader, duh, so Thank you! Your work is gorgeous, truly!

Pepita said...

I like the bracelets very much and also the way you've re-done the necklace. Bezeling cabs is the next thing on my "learning beadweaving" list :-)